Erika Green will run for the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council’s District 5 seat this fall after being appointed to it in January, when she replaced Ronnie Edwards, who was elected to the Louisiana Legislature.
Green told a group of family, friends and supporters Tuesday that her small taste of the Metro Council thus far has inspired her to run for a full four-year term. She said she wants to focus on residential and business development in her district, which includes parts of north Baton Rouge and stretches east nearly to Central.
The Airline Highway and Hooper Road corridors are two areas she said are especially prime for business and residential growth.
Green, an attorney who grew up in Baton Rouge, spoke of her vision for a progressive city. She said she wants to improve public transportation and wants to find new modes of transportation, like bike shares, for those who cannot or do not want to drive everywhere.
“It’s personal and purposeful for me to be here today,” she said at her announcement.
Green was appointed to the Metro Council with seven votes in January, after Edwards hand-picked her as Edwards’ chosen successor. Edwards died this spring after a long battle with cancer.
Some council members questioned then whether Green would run for the seat in the fall elections. Green said at the time she had not decided yet.
Green consistently has voted with other black Democrats on the council. She supported putting a new dedicated tax for the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging on the fall ballot; she voted to encourage hospitals to enter discussions with a possible emergency room in north Baton Rouge; and she advocated for a ban on smoking in casinos and bars.
She said during her announcement that she wants to ensure her district receives an equitable amount of money in the city’s budget.
State Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge, and Metro Councilman LaMont Cole both spoke on her behalf to the 50 or so people at her announcement. Cole was appointed to the Metro Council at the same time as Green, and he replaced C. Denise Marcelle, who also was elected to the Legislature.
Both James and Cole spoke of Green’s passion for helping other people.
“I don’t think there’s a better person in District 5, so when you get phone calls from individuals saying that they’re planning on running for that seat, tell them don’t do it,” Cole said.